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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239872/-betwixt-and-between-liminality-in-recovery-stories-from-people-with-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-me-or-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-cfs
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Brian Brown, Kate Huszar, Rosemary Chapman
This paper explores experiences of 16 people claiming to have recovered from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) using the concept of liminality. Liminality describes the status of those falling between socially recognised and medically sanctioned categories, and illuminates both the experience of illness and the process of recovery from ME/CFS. The liminality experienced during illness was akin to that described by Turner with a degree of communitas among sufferers. As recovery progressed, participants stressed the percentage to which they had improved, and compared themselves with peers and themselves prior to the illness...
February 27, 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239631/early-adverse-life-events-are-associated-with-altered-brain-network-architecture-in-a-sex-dependent-manner
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Arpana Gupta, Emeran A Mayer, Jonathan R Acosta, Kareem Hamadani, Carinna Torgerson, John D van Horn, Lin Chang, Bruce Naliboff, Kirsten Tillisch, Jennifer S Labus
INTRODUCTION: Early adverse life events (EALs) increase the risk for chronic medical and psychiatric disorders by altering early neurodevelopment. The aim of this study was to examine associations between EALs and network properties of core brain regions in the emotion regulation and salience networks, and to test the influence of sex on these associations. METHODS: Resting-state functional and diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging were obtained in healthy individuals (61 men, 63 women)...
December 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239498/cognitive-pragmatic-rehabilitation-program-in-schizophrenia-a-single-case-fmri-study
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Ilaria Gabbatore, Francesca M Bosco, Elisabetta Geda, Luigi Gastaldo, Sergio Duca, Tommaso Costa, Bruno G Bara, Katiuscia Sacco
Introduction. The present study was intended to evaluate the effects of a rehabilitative training, the Cognitive Pragmatic Treatment (CPT), aimed at improving communicative-pragmatic abilities and the related cognitive components, on the cerebral modifications of a single case patient diagnosed with schizophrenia. Methods. The patient underwent two functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) sessions, before and after the treatment. In order to assess brain changes, we calculated the Amplitude of Low Frequency Fluctuation (ALFF) index of the resting-state fMRI signal, which is interpreted as reflecting the intensity of the spontaneous regional activity of the brain...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238273/a-novel-approach-to-identifying-a-neuroimaging-biomarker-for-patients-with-serious-mental-illness
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Alok Madan, J Christopher Fowler, Michelle A Patriquin, Ramiro Salas, Philip R Baldwin, Kenia M Velasquez, Humsini Viswanath, David L Molfese, Carla Sharp, Jon G Allen, Susan Hardesty, John M Oldham, B Christopher Frueh
Serious mental illness (SMI) is disabling, and current interventions are ineffective for many. This exploratory study sought to demonstrate the feasibility of applying topological data analysis (TDA) to resting-state functional connectivity data obtained from a heterogeneous sample of 235 adult inpatients to identify a biomarker of treatment response. TDA identified two groups based on connectivity between the prefrontal cortex and striatal regions: patients admitted with greater functional connectivity between these regions evidenced less improvement from admission to discharge than patients with lesser connectivity between them...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238048/dynamics-of-the-rr-interval-versus-blood-pressure-relationship-at-exercise-onset-in-humans
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Aurélien Bringard, Alessandra Adami, Nazzareno Fagoni, Timothée Fontolliet, Frédéric Lador, Christian Moia, Enrico Tam, Guido Ferretti
PURPOSE: The dynamics of the postulated phenomenon of exercise baroreflex resetting is poorly understood, but can be investigated using closed-loop procedures. To shed light on some mechanisms and temporal relationships participating in the resetting process, we studied the time course of the relationship between the R-R interval (RRi) and arterial pressure with a closed-loop approach. METHODS: On ten young volunteers at rest and during light exercise in supine and upright position, we continuously determined, on single-beat basis, RRi (electrocardiography), and arterial pressure (non-invasive finger pressure cuff)...
February 25, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236519/frequency-selective-alteration-in-the-resting-state-corticostriatal-thalamo-cortical-circuit-correlates-with-symptoms-severity-in-first-episode-drug-naive-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Shaoqiang Han, X Zong, M Hu, Yangyang Yu, Xiao Wang, Zhiliang Long, Yifeng Wang, Xiaogang Chen, Huafu Chen
Schizophrenia is a prototypical disorder of brain connectivity with altered neural activity in regions extending throughout the brain. Regions, including the subcortex and cortex, present activity mainly within a specific frequency band in resting-state. Whether these altered resting-state functional connections also present frequency specificity is unknown. In the present study, empirical mode decomposition, which is a pure data-driven method suitable for nonlinear and nonstationary signals, was used to decompose blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signals into different intrinsic frequency bands...
February 21, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236166/alteration-of-regional-homogeneity-and-white-matter-hyperintensities-in-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-subtypes-are-related-to-cognition-and-csf-biomarkers
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Xiao Luo, Yerfan Jiaerken, Peiyu Huang, Xiao Jun Xu, Tiantian Qiu, Yunlu Jia, Zhujing Shen, Xiaojun Guan, Jiong Zhou, Minming Zhang
Amnestic mild cognitive impairment can be further classified as single-domain aMCI (SD-aMCI) with isolated memory deficit, or multi-domain aMCI (MD-aMCI) if memory deficit is combined with impairment in other cognitive domains. Prior studies reported these clinical subtypes presumably differ in etiology. Thus, we aimed to explore the possible mechanisms between different aMCI subtypes by assessing alteration in brain activity and brain vasculature, and their relations with CSF AD biomarkers. 49 healthy controls, 32 SD-aMCI, and 32 MD-aMCI, who had undergone structural scans, resting-state functional MRI (rsfMRI) scans and neuropsychological evaluations, were identified...
February 24, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236051/functional-connectivity-of-motor-cortical-network-in-patients-with-brachial-plexus-avulsion-injury-after-contralateral-cervical-nerve-transfer-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Aihong Yu, Shufeng Wang, Xiaoguang Cheng, Wei Liang, Rongjie Bai, Yunhao Xue, Wenjun Li
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study is to assess the functional connectivity of the motor cortical network in patients with brachial plexus avulsion injury (BPAI) after contralateral C7 nerve transfer, using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-fMRI). METHODS: Twelve patients with total brachial plexus root avulsion underwent RS-fMRI after contralateral C7 nerve transfer. Seventeen healthy volunteers were also included in this fMRI study as controls...
February 24, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231640/mind-the-gap-mechanisms-regulating-the-endothelial-barrier
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REVIEW
Mariya Y Radeva, Jens Waschke
The endothelial barrier consists of intercellular contacts localized in the cleft between endothelial cells, which is covered by the glycocalyx in a sieve-like manner. Both types of barrier-forming junctions, i.e. the adherens junction (AJ) serving mechanical anchorage and mechanotransduction and the tight junction (TJ) sealing the intercellular space to limit paracelullar permeability, are tethered to the actin cytoskeleton. Under resting conditions, the endothelium thereby builds a selective layer controlling the exchange of fluid and solutes with the surrounding tissue...
February 23, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231604/variations-in-body-morphology-explain-gender-differences-in-thermoeffector-function-during-compensable-heat-stress
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Sean R Notley, Joonhee Park, Kyoko Tagami, Norikazu Ohnishi, Nigel A S Taylor
Gender is sometimes thought to independently modulate cutaneous vasomotor and sudomotor function during heat exposure. Nevertheless, it was hypothesised that, when assessed during compensable exercise that evoked equal heat-loss requirements across participants, gender differences in those thermoeffectors would be explained by variations in the ratio between body surface area and mass (specific surface area). To evaluate that possibility, vasomotor and sudomotor functions were assessed in sixty individuals (36 males, 24 females) with widely varying (overlapping) specific surface areas (range: 232...
February 23, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231395/functional-connectivity-in-amygdalar-sensory-pre-motor-networks-at-rest-new-evidence-from-the-human-connectome-project
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Nicola Toschi, Andrea Duggento, Luca Passamonti
The word "e-motion" derives from the Latin word "ex-moveo" which literally means "moving away from something / somebody". Emotions are thus fundamental to prime action and goal-directed behavior with obvious implications for individual's survival. However, the brain mechanisms underlying the interactions between emotional and motor cortical systems remain poorly understood. A recent diffusion tensor imaging study in humans has reported the existence of direct anatomical connections between the amygdala and sensory/(pre)motor cortices, corroborating an initial observation in animal research...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230847/building-better-biomarkers-brain-models-in-translational-neuroimaging
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REVIEW
Choong-Wan Woo, Luke J Chang, Martin A Lindquist, Tor D Wager
Despite its great promise, neuroimaging has yet to substantially impact clinical practice and public health. However, a developing synergy between emerging analysis techniques and data-sharing initiatives has the potential to transform the role of neuroimaging in clinical applications. We review the state of translational neuroimaging and outline an approach to developing brain signatures that can be shared, tested in multiple contexts and applied in clinical settings. The approach rests on three pillars: (i) the use of multivariate pattern-recognition techniques to develop brain signatures for clinical outcomes and relevant mental processes; (ii) assessment and optimization of their diagnostic value; and (iii) a program of broad exploration followed by increasingly rigorous assessment of generalizability across samples, research contexts and populations...
February 23, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230365/catalytic-enantioselective-2-3-rearrangements-of-allylic-ammonium-ylides-a-mechanistic-and-computational-study
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Thomas H West, Daniel M Walden, James E Taylor, Alexander C Brueckner, Ryne C Johnston, Paul H-Y Cheong, Guy C Lloyd-Jones, Andrew D Smith
A mechanistic study of the isothiourea-catalysed enantioselective [2,3]-rearrangement of allylic ammonium ylides is described. Reaction kinetic analyses using 19F NMR and density functional theory computations have elucidated a reaction profile and allowed identification of the catalyst resting state and turnover-rate limiting step. A catalytically-rele- vant catalyst-substrate adduct has been observed, and its constitution elucidated unambiguously by 13C and 15N isotopic labelling. Isotopic entrainment has shown the observed catalyst-substrate adduct to be a genuine intermediate on the pro- ductive cycle towards catalysis...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229308/eeg-signatures-of-dynamic-functional-network-connectivity-states
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E A Allen, E Damaraju, T Eichele, L Wu, V D Calhoun
The human brain operates by dynamically modulating different neural populations to enable goal directed behavior. The synchrony or lack thereof between different brain regions is thought to correspond to observed functional connectivity dynamics in resting state brain imaging data. In a large sample of healthy human adult subjects and utilizing a sliding windowed correlation method on functional imaging data, earlier we demonstrated the presence of seven distinct functional connectivity states/patterns between different brain networks that reliably occur across time and subjects...
February 22, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229235/modulation-of-apoe-and-sorl1-genes-on-hippocampal-functional-connectivity-in-healthy-young-adults
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Junlin Shen, Wen Qin, Qiang Xu, Lixue Xu, Jiayuan Xu, Peng Zhang, Huaigui Liu, Bing Liu, Tianzi Jiang, Chunshui Yu
Apolipoprotein E (APOE) and sortilin-related receptor (SORL1) genes act on the same metabolic pathway and have been associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) characterized by hippocampal impairment. Although the effects of APOE on hippocampal resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) have been reported, the main effects of SORL1 and SORL1 × APOE interactions on hippocampal rsFC in healthy subjects remain largely unknown. Here, we systematically investigated the main effects of SORL1 rs2070045, and APOE, and their interaction effects on hippocampal rsFC in healthy young adults...
February 22, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228153/assessment-of-axillary-temperature-for-the-evaluation-of-normal-body-temperature-of-healthy-young-adults-at-rest-in-a-thermoneutral-environment
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Shuri Marui, Ayaka Misawa, Yuki Tanaka, Kei Nagashima
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to (1) evaluate whether recently introduced methods of measuring axillary temperature are reliable, (2) examine if individuals know their baseline body temperature based on an actual measurement, and (3) assess the factors affecting axillary temperature and reevaluate the meaning of the axillary temperature. METHODS: Subjects were healthy young men and women (n = 76 and n = 65, respectively). Three measurements were obtained: (1) axillary temperature using a digital thermometer in a predictive mode requiring 10 s (T ax-10 s), (2) axillary temperature using a digital thermometer in a standard mode requiring 10 min (T ax-10 min), and (3) tympanic membrane temperature continuously measured by infrared thermometry (T ty)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228011/spectroscopic-definition-of-the-cuz-o-intermediate-in-turnover-of-nitrous-oxide-reductase-and-molecular-insight-into-the-catalytic-mechanism
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Esther M Johnston, Cíntia Carreira, Simone Dell'Acqua, Somdatta Ghosh Dey, Sofia R Pauleta, Isabel Moura, Edward I Solomon
Spectroscopic methods and density functional theory (DFT) calculations are used to determine the geometric and electronic structure of CuZ(o), an intermediate form of the Cu4S active site of nitrous oxide reductase (N2OR) that is observed in single turnover of fully reduced N2OR with N2O. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), absorption, and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopies show that CuZ(o) is a 1-hole (i.e. 3Cu(I)Cu(II)) state with spin density delocalized evenly over CuI and CuIV. Resonance Raman spectroscopy shows two Cu-S vibrations at 425 and 413 cm(-1), the latter with a -3 cm(-1) O(18) solvent isotope shift...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227979/dispersion-entropy-for-the-analysis-of-resting-state-meg-regularity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Hamed Azami, Mostafa Rostaghi, Alberto Fernandez, Javier Escudero, Hamed Azami, Mostafa Rostaghi, Alberto Fernandez, Javier Escudero, Alberto Fernandez, Javier Escudero, Mostafa Rostaghi, Hamed Azami
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive degenerative brain disorder affecting memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. It is the most common form of dementia and a big social problem in western societies. The analysis of brain activity may help to diagnose this disease. Changes in entropy methods have been reported useful in research studies to characterize AD. We have recently proposed dispersion entropy (DisEn) as a very fast and powerful tool to quantify the irregularity of time series. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the ability of DisEn, in comparison with fuzzy entropy (FuzEn), sample entropy (SampEn), and permutation entropy (PerEn), to discriminate 36 AD patients from 26 elderly control subjects using resting-state magnetoencephalogram (MEG) signals...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227859/application-of-meg-coherence-in-lateralization-of-mtle
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Mohammad R Nazem-Zadeh, Susan M Bowyer, John E Moran, Esmaeil Davoodi-Bojd, Andrew Zillgitt, Hassan Bagher-Ebadian, Fariborz Mahmoudi, Kost V Elisevich, Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh, Mohammad R Nazem-Zadeh, Susan M Bowyer, John E Moran, Esmaeil Davoodi-Bojd, Andrew Zillgitt, Hassan Bagher-Ebadian, Fariborz Mahmoudi, Kost V Elisevich, Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh, Susan M Bowyer, Hassan Bagher-Ebadian, Esmaeil Davoodi-Bojd, Andrew Zillgitt, Fariborz Mahmoudi, John E Moran, Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh, Kost V Elisevich, Mohammad R Nazem-Zadeh
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is a noninvasive imaging method for localization of focal epileptiform activity in patients with epilepsy. This study investigates the cerebral functional abnormalities quantified by MEG coherence laterality in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE). Resting state MEG data was analyzed using MEG coherence source imaging (MEG-CSI) method to determine the coherence in 54 anatomical sites in 12 adult mTLE patients and 12 age- and gender-matched controls. MEG coherence laterality, after Bonferroni adjustment, showed significant differences for right versus left mTLE in insular cortex and both lateral orbitofrontal and superior temporal gyri (p<;0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227842/phase-modulation-based-response-inhibition-outcome-prediction-in-translational-scenario-of-stop-signal-task
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Rupesh Kumar Chikara, Li-Wei Ko, Rupesh Kumar Chikara, Li-Wei Ko, Li-Wei Ko, Rupesh Kumar Chikara
In this paper, a method is proposed to predict the resting-state outcomes of participants based on their electroencephalogram (EEG) signals recorded before the successful /unsuccessful response inhibition. The motivation of this study is to enhance the shooter performance for shooting the target, when their EEG patterns show that they are ready. This method can be used in brain-computer interface (BCI) system. In this study, multi-channel EEG from twenty participants are collected by the electrodes placed at different scalp locations in resting-state time...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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